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Since We Fell follows Rachel Childs, a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, now lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel's marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

By turns heartbreaking, suspenseful, romantic, and sophisticated, Since We Fell is a novel of profound psychological insight and tension. It is Dennis Lehane at his very best.

©2017 Dennis Lehane (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

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A rip-snorting blast!

Dennis Lehane goes all literary on us! But don't worry - he does bring a little bit of his classic noir (a feminine version of noir, at that) home for us in the last third of the book. The reviews I've read don't exactly contain spoilers, but it's better not to address the second half of the book to prevent the full-on ramp up of suspense that grabs you there and pulses through till the end.

Lehane does a decent job with a female protagonist, although his portrait of the woman's mother is grossly one-dimensional amid a sea of better-drawn male characters. And, sir, neither Mount Holyoke nor Smith Colleges are "girls' schools." They are womens' colleges. Duh.

This book is a rip-snorting blast right till the end. Highly recommend - especially if Lehane's more noir stuff set in rain-soaked, scruffy Boston neighborhoods are not your cup of beer. This one's faster and brighter.

The narrator is the same woman from Lauren Groff's Fates and Furies - Julia Whelan, and she is really, really good.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Suzan
  • United States
  • 06-20-17

Slow at first, I almost gave up on it; but don't!

After a roller coaster of emotions, love, hate dispise, evil. All I can say is it's got to be love - you old softy, Dennis Lehane.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Na
  • 05-14-17

Compelling but far fetched

This was a compulsive listen, and I don't regret spending a credit on it. But so many elements of the story turn out to be dead ends, and ultimately the story is very far fetched.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful

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  • Ann
  • United States
  • 05-17-17

Wait ....

The first half of Dennis Lehane's latest novel, Since We Fell, is a meandering but engaging tale of a young female journalist, her relationships, and her callous, overbearing mother. Unfortunately, the second half of the audiobook disintegrates into an unoriginal romance story (a veiled and failed take-off of the sarcastic but in-love Charlie and Rose in the African Queen) between the journalist and her husband who is not who he seems (and his real self is unimpressive). The two characters are often implausible and always one-dimensional, never allowing the reader to become emotionally invested in in either the couple or the story. The hit men and police are embarrassingly clichéd, quite surprising given Lehane's superior writing talent. The ending was a miserable failure. The narrator, Julia Whelan, does a credible job. Wait until the audiobook goes on sale if you must get this book.

26 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • antonio
  • genthod, Switzerland
  • 06-24-17

Things are not what they seem...

The plot is articulated in two/three parts . We start with the main character’s (Rachel) childhood years with a dysfunctional and abusive mother, we continue with Rachel's search of her father along with the rapid rise and fall of her career in journalism and we end (but this is by far the longest part) with Rachel meeting and falling in love with a stranger …From here onwards the thriller starts. We enter into a Hitchcock-like atmosphere where is difficult for Rachel (and the reader) to understand what is true and what is false, what has truly happened and what has been imagined. This type of stories need to be well tied-up and with a solid logic that gives credibility to the plot (the more sounds credible, the more the reader is engaged). Lehane is letting us down as- at times- and story and characters become inconsistent and the reader feels often that is taken for a walk into an unbelievable territory.
I do love Lehane, but am very mixed on this book : at times truly suspenseful and engaging , at times frustrating and too far-fetched.
Julia Whelan does an exceptional job to keep the reader hocked and to make him forget the credibility gap.

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  • Taryn
  • Suffern, NY, United States
  • 12-06-17

slow moving, not up to Lehane's work

I had to return this one after wasting 4 hrs listening to it. It was draggy and boring. I am a Lehane fan and as much as I tried to listen longer I just couldn't force myself to do it. The characters were unlikable and the story was full of psychobabble - as if Lehane took a psych course and decided to write a novel based on it. I was very disappointed.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Slow at first but so glad I kept listening

This book has a slow beginning, and I will admit it did sit in my wishlist for sometime before I listened. The beginning is interesting but not exactly thrilling, that all happens later and prepare for your mind to be blown. I was listening to this book every chance I got once it took off, because WOW, it's probably the best thriller I've listened to all year and I go though about 4 a month (I have a long commute). This has to be made into a movie soon, it's a masterpiece

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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This is "Dennis Lehane Lite"

I. Love. Dennis Lehane. He writes gritty intriguing stories with such elegant prose. Every so often, he drops in a random phrase so beautiful that I have to stop and savor it before I move on. Also, I always expect a surprise from him, a twist, a turn, one that I did not see coming.

This book is nicely written, but there aren't very many stop-me-in-my-tracks phrases that I love. The plot plods along well past the midway point before I get my first surprise. Because of these two issues, I kept forgetting I was reading Dennis Lehane.

Julia Whelan does her usual quality read, though a couple of times I was confused on which man was speaking.

This was an interesting story, though it requires a little more suspension of disbelief than usual. It gets grittier and more involved as it goes along. If you get this and wonder when the plot is going to pick up, stick with it, because once it does, it DOES. It was a nice summer read. Thanks, Dennis.



7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Julia Whelan is one of the best!

This was not good but not bad.... very ....in the middle. No surprises. Nothing really exciting, very predictable.

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Excellent book!

Perfect narrator for this novel. Dennis Lehane never disappoints and this one will keep you interested til the end. A little slow on the start up but so worth it once the action starts!

16 of 20 people found this review helpful